Case Study: CodeClan Youth Academy pilot programme for young people

Delivered in March 2023 and funded in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council, the Code Clan Youth Academy (CCYA) pilot programme was open to all young people aged 16 – 24 living in the Tay Cities Region (Perth and Kinross, Dundee, Angus, and North East Fife).

The aim of the programme was to enable young people, regardless of their qualifications or previous coding experience to learn software development skills and start their journey into tech. With the digital skills gap widening and the uptake of Computer Science in schools remaining low, the target audience was 16 – 24-year-olds with an interest in getting into tech.

Students were introduced to the coding languages HTML, CCS and JavaScript and by the end of the four-week programme had developed their own website. The programme also enabled students to develop essential meta skills required to work in the tech industry including communication, team work and presentation skills. This was achieved through paired programming, group work and project presentations.

CCYA Graduate Julie – Anne said:

“This course has absolutely helped to kickstart my career in software development and given me the skills knowledge necessary to pursue what I wanted to do through the labs, group work, and individual project work. I intend get a Modern Apprenticeship in Software Development to try and get into the industry. Until then I will be studying in my own time, continuing work on my project (an online shop) in the hopes I can make the site and my business go live, and possibly even take on freelance web design jobs.”

Upon completion learners achieved an Introduction to Website Design at SCQF Level 7 (2 credits).